Archive for April, 2010

Weight Loss and Paddock Mating

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

A couple of our girls have been showing weight loss (one of the benefits of body scoring picks this up early) not connected to lactation. We have separated these girls so we can give them an alpaca “muesli” – a specialist weight gain feed. As the commonest cause of unexplained weight loss in alpacas is phophorus deficiency, we gave them each an extra 1ml of AD&E aswell.

This year for the first time we trialled “paddock mating” – running several girls with a specified stud for several weeks. We are about to give them all an audio scan to see if they are pregnant – and how effective this strategy has been.